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Number of Ophthalmologists in Practice and Training Worldwide in 2012

Authored by ICO
Posted on June 1, 2012
Topic: Advocacy/Vision 2020, ICO Programs and Initiatives, Ophthalmologic Societies
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This online resource reveals the results from a 2010 survey conducted by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) to assess the number of ophthalmologists in practice and training. More than 200 ophthalmic societies and individuals who took part in the survey. To ensure accurate results and progressively track trends, the ICO asks society leaders to update their data each year.

Between March 2010 and April 2010, the ICO emailed a standardized survey of 12 questions to 213 global ophthalmic societies. Missing data and additional information were gathered from direct correspondence with ophthalmologist contacts.

A report on the results of this study, The number of ophthalmologists in practice and in training worldwide: a growing gap despite more than 200,000 practitioners, was published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO) in June 2012.  

The BJO report was authored by ICO Director for Advocacy Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD;  ICO Chief Executive Officer William Felch, Tina-Marie Gauthier, and ICO President Bruce Spivey, MD, MS, Med.


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